Use Your Voice

by H2O

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Bicoastal hardcore punk pillars H2O return with 'Use Your Voice', their first original studio album since 2008's 'Nothing to Prove'. While 2011's covers LP 'Don't Forget Your Roots' was a loving ode to their influences, 'Use Your Voice' reignites H2O's classic mix of melodic hardcore aggression and pop-punk bounce with plenty of personal manifestos inspirationally waxing poetic about romantic relationships, personal fulfillment, and even being nurtured by a culture built on positivity and ethics, while remaining fun and jubilant throughout its course.

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released October 9, 2015

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Track Name: Black Sheep
NEVER FIT IN
NEVER WANTED TO, PICKED ON
IN SCHOOL FOR MY IDENTITY
CAUSE I CHOSE TO SKATE
NOT GO TO KEG PARTIES

THIS PATH WAS MY FATE AND ILL
NEVER FIND MY PLACE IN A 9 TO 5 WORLD
I APPRECIATE IT ALL NOW,
THIS PATH MY FATE
NO 9 TO 5 WORLD

MY LIFE MY RULES
CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO
MY BROTHERS SAVED ME WITH THIS MUSIC SCENE
THERE’S SOMEWHERE I BELONG
NOT ON A FOOTBALL TEAM.

MY MIND WAS ALWAYS SOMEWHERE ELSE,
THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY OUT.
Track Name: Skate!
SKATE!
EVERYDAY ALL I CARED ABOUT
KEPT ME OUT OF TROUBLE
WOULDN’T STOP UNTIL IT HURT
CARVING, GRINDING, FALLING DOWN
ALWAYS BY MY SIDE, READY TO RIDE
AT ANY TIME, I’LL RIDE ANY TIME- SKATE!
EVERYDAY ALL I CARED ABOUT
KEPT ME OUT OF TROUBLE,
SAYIN’ IT WAS A FAD WASTE OF TIME
BACK SIDE, FRONT SIDE BUILT TO GRIND
THE SWEAT, THE PAIN, THE SCARS, THE SCABS
SKATE & DESTROY, SKATE & CREATE
Track Name: Thick and Thin
SOME STAYED CLEAR
SOME DIVED IN
THE RIGHT PATH OR A WRONG DECISION
BOTH SIDES OF THE COIN WHEN YOU FLIP IT
THROUGH THE SONGS
WE’RE CONNECTED

THROUGH
THICK AND THIN
WITH YOU
TILL THE END
I’LL ALWAYS FIND THE BEST IN PEOPLE
EVERYONE IS MY EQUAL

SOME WEAR A BADGE SOME GET ARRESTED
OVER THE YEARS WE ALL GET TESTED
I’M NOT A JURY JUST HOPE FOR THE BEST AND
THROUGH THE MUSIC
WE’RE CONNECTED

SOME GROW UP. SOME STAY THE SAME
I’LL NEVER CHANGE
I LOVE THEM EITHER WAY
WE’RE ALL HERE
GUILTY!
Track Name: Use Your Voice
I’LL USE MY VOICE
FOR THE TORTURED
FOR THE WEAK
USE MY VOICE
FOR THE INNOCENT
WHO CAN’T SPEAK
I’LL USE MY VOICE
WHEN PEOPLE LOOK THE OTHER WAY
GOT TO INSPIRE
THE YOUTH OF TODAY

STAND UP
STAND UP
STAND UP
CAN’T YOU HEAR THE CRYING

SO MANY WASTED LIVES
FOR THINGS WE JUST DON’T NEED
SO MANY HAVE DIED
FOR OUR SELFISH GREED
Track Name: Father Figure
FELT LIKE THE BLACK SHEEP
WHEN I WAS SO YOUNG
AFTER MY DAD PASSED
MY LIFE BECAME NUMB
MOM WORKING THREE JOBS
TO MAKE ENDS MEET SO

I LOOKED UP TO YOU
SAID I DON’T WANT TO GROW UP
OUT OF STEP WITH THE WORLD

NO FATHER FIGURE IN MY LIFE
EXCEPT THE ONES WHO PLAYED HERE TONIGHT
TAUGHT ME TO BE MYSELF
ALWAYS DO WHAT’S RIGHT

I LOOKED UP TO YOU
SAID I DON’T WANNA GROW UP
OUT OF STEP WITH THE WORLD

FAST FORWARD TO NOW THAT MY CHANCE HAS COME
TO BE THE ROLE MODEL FOR HIM TO RELY ON
PASS DOWN THE WORDS THE GUIDANCE HE NEEDS
GIVE BACK WHAT THEY DID FOR ME
Track Name: From the Heart
SACRIFICES MADE
TO FOLLOW OUR DREAM
GRASS ISN’T GREENER
OR SO IT SEEMS
A BOAT FULL OF SAILORS
NO RULES APPLY
PLAY OUR HEARTS OUT
UNTIL THE DAY WE DIE

WE MADE OUR MARK DID OUR PART
STRAIGHT TO YOU FROM THE HEART
HALF OUR LIVES PLAYING THESE SONGS
DOING WHAT WE LOVE
CAN’T BELIEVE HOW LONG

A BLESSING AND A CURSE
ALL IN ONE
LOSING TIME WITH OUR LOVED ONES
IN THE NAME OF FUN
BONDS WERE MADE ALONG THE WAY
AND FRIENDS WERE LOST
WE PLAY HERE FOR YOU
AT ANY COST

H2O GO!

LIVE IT EVERYDAY OUR LIFE LONG CRUSADE
Track Name: Popage
I HEAR A SONG ON THE RADIO PLAY
CAN SING IT ALL BY THE END OF THE DAY
WOULD YOU LAUGH AT THE WORDS THAT I’M SAYING
POP MUSIC IS WHAT I’M PLAYING
I’VE GOT NO SHAME
STILL NOTHING TO PROVE
SONGS CAN CHANGE YOU
OR JUST MAKE YOU MOVE
PARACHUTES, FIREWORKS, BEAUTIFUL DAYS
YOU’RE TOO ANGRY TO SAY

I’VE GOT MY MIND OPEN WIDE
AND IT’S FINE
IF YOU DESPISE IT
LIFES TOO SHORT TO HIDE WHAT YOU LIKE
GUILTY PLEASURES ARE ALRIGHT
MUSIC CHANGED MY LIFE

SO WHAT IF I DON’T CONNECT WITH ALL THE LYRICS
THEY GET ME SINGING EVERYTIME THAT I HEAR IT
EVEN THOUGH THEY’RE NOT SCREAMING FOR A CHANGE
THEY PICK ME UP WHEN I HAVE A BAD DAY
I’VE GOT NO SHAME
STILL NOTHING TO PROVE
SOME SONGS CHANGE YOU
OR JUST MAKE YOU MOVE
AIN’T IT FUN, DON’T SPEAK, HOLIDAY
YOU’RE TOO ANGRY TO SAY!

WHEN I GOT THE MUSIC I GOT A PLACE TO GO
UNDERGROUND OR ON THE RADIO
YOU ARE WHO YOU ARE, THERE’S NOTHING YOU CAN DO
PEOPLE WILL ALWAYS PASS JUDGEMENT ON YOU
Track Name: LYD
WOKE UP THIS MORNING
THE WRONG SIDE OF THE BED
NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
INSIDE MY HEAD

HAVE I LIVED MY DASH THE BEST I CAN
NO I’M NOT A PERFECT MAN
I’M JUST DOING THE BEST I CAN

LIFE’S SHORT
YOU ONLY LIVE ONCE
DOESN’T MEAN UNDER THE INFLUENCE
LIFE’S HARD
STRUGGLE SOMETIMES
GOTTA KEEP A POSITIVE MIND

WON’T GIVE PEOPLE TIME
THAT TRY AND PULL ME DOWN
INSPIRATION
I CHOOSE TO HANG AROUND

DIG DEEP FOR THAT PMA GO
Track Name: Still Dreaming
STARTED WITH ONE MAN
STARTED WITH HIS DREAM
UNITED PEOPLE
ALL HUMAN BEINGS

NOW
OHHH OHHHH RACISM
OHHH OHHHH POVERTY
NOOO OOOOH
HOW DOES THIS SHIT START
STILL STAIN OUR NATION

BURNING DOWN BUILDINGS
FIGHTING IN THE STREETS
WE BOTH WANT THE SAME THINGS
SO DON’T POINT YOUR FINGERS AT ME
BURNING DOWN BUILDINGS
FIGHTING IN THE STREETS
WE’RE NOT MAKING CHANGES
JUST WATCHING ON TV

WE GOTTA EDUCATE
LETS CHANGE HISTORY
EQUALITY NO MATTER RELIGION
LOVE UNCONDITIONALLY

BUT
OHH OHH POLITICIANS
OHH OHH CITIZENS
WHO’S TO BLAME WHEN
THE FIRE ENDS

WE GOTTA MOTIVATE
WE GOTTA EDUCATE
WE GOTTA STOP THE HATE
Track Name: #NotRealLife
FAMOUS FOR NO REASON
FAKE! CREDIBILITY
AND IMAGE ARE SO FAR FROM THE STREETS
COMMENT
TO ACT LIKE YOU KNOW
PAST! MADE UP OF LIES
YOUR FUTURE IS WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO
DISGUISE !!!!!

I’VE SEEN YOUR TYPE WAY BEFORE
THIS SOCIAL MEDIA
DON’T TRY SO HARD TO BE
SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT
I’VE SEEN YOUR TYPE WAY BEFORE
THIS SOCIAL MEDIA
YOU WANT THE WORLD TO SEE
SOMETHING YOU’RE NOT
AFRAID TO PORTRAY WHO YOU ARE INSIDE

WALK PAST ME IN PERSON
DON’T !!! EVEN SAY HELLO
FANTASY YOUR TRUE COLORS ARE DULL
COMMENT
TO ACT LIKE YOU KNOW
PAST !!! MADE UP OF LIES
YOUR FUTURE IS WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO DISGUISE
AND I USE IT TO, JUST NOT LIKE YOU
COS, I KNOW WHAT IS TRUE!
Track Name: True Romance
RICH OR FOR POOR
FOR BETTER OR WORSE
PEOPLE MADE BETS ON US
SAID WE WOULDN’T WORK
NO ONE BELIEVED IN US
AS WE DID EACH OTHER
20 YEARS LATER BEST FRIENDS TOGETHER

TRUE LOVE
EXISTS I SEE IT EVERYDAY
OUR LOVE
MY INSPIRATION
TRUE LOVE
EXISTS IN US EVERYDAY
MY STRENGTH MY INSPIRATION

CAN’T SAY IT ENOUGH
YOU HAD MY BACK FROM DAY ONE
YOU’RE SO COOL, YOU’RE SO COOL.

DON’T THINK I’D BE
THE PERSON I AM
SUPPORTED MY GOALS AND DREAMS
ALWAYS KEPT IT TRUE
WHEN NO ONE BELIEVED IN US
WE NEVER LOOKED BACK
20 YEARS LATER A FAMILY FOREVER